Exhibition sucked! (And I was raving about Bold Decision last Sunday.) Whitetail needs to hire some skiers and boarders who actually know how to turn so that semi-adequate bumps are formed. (Note: I seriously doubt any DCSki posters fall into the don't know how to turn category.) Exhibition didn't have bumps, it was mostly a series of ridges, some extending up to twenty feet down the hill. I have no idea what sort of turns/skids/slides/falls could cause those shapes. Made it very difficult to get any sort of turn flow. I'd hate to have to learn to ski moguls on terrain like that.
Bold Decision is a lot steeper than Exhibition, and the bumps are always better formed. Better sliders = better bumps.
Bold Decision was not bumped up as of late Sunday. Looked like the groomers had removed those fun drop-offs.
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Anyway, I think the guy you might be referring to had tight reddish pants? He just went up and down the thing. I was in the area 3 seperate times at least and he was always there going up and down the the run.
I think the longer ridges form when folks make longer sweeping turns (or slides). This pushes the snow up in one direction. With better skiers you are likely to have more turns in a given area to control speed which will make the ridge forming less likely.
But with lesser abilities you get sections of a run where a lot of people check their speed using a big slide turn and the snow will push up into a ridge in one direction.
AT LEAST that's MY THEORY and I'm stickin' to it!!!
Boarding through moguls is definitely a challenge.
There's some good video of a snowboarder carving through moguls on the last part of this video. I haven't seen anyone actually go through moguls like that around here.
Warning- video has some good carving shots, but it's to the tune of cheezy 80's glam rock. I guess that music is still popular in Europe. :-)
I just saw that part of the video where the guy rips up the moguls. Ok, so i don't do it anywhere near as smooth as that but like i said, hardly anyone around here, ski or board, can. I'm all for the intermediate bump runs some people mentioned earlier. They would probably be much easier on a boarder and would give you a chance to learn the technique without hucking yourself down an aggro crag or something like that (i tried).
Moguls are definitely awkward for the skier, especially if you have grown up and are used to relatively even groomed terrain. It takes some adjustment to ski even in thicker slushier snow, and also a few inches deep of softer powder.
Moguls require good balance, agility and using the skis together.
It seems to me that better technique makes all of the above easier.
For borders, I mostly see them sliding over the tops of moguls which sortof defeats the whole idea behind them...
BUT then again I have been known to do the same on skis...
So, that's not a cut on borders, just an observation that more technique is better in that limited sense of skiing or bording moguls better.
Has anyone ever seen someone try moguls in those short ski blades? It looks like a piece of cake. Just looks like jumping down the stairs when you were a kid.
The high speed quad is probably none too happy with ice accretion on it's gears, either.
I am leaving at 3pm ...
a full report coming tomorrow I hope!
How was WT?